Moyes holds Butland interest

David Moyes says he has previously enquired about Birmingham

City goalkeeper Jack Butland as he considers long-term replacements

for Everton No.1 Tim Howard.

USA international Howard is set to make his 200th consecutive

Premier League appearance for Everton against Stoke City on

Saturday, but Moyes is already making plans for life without the

33-year-old.

The Everton manager is an admirer of Birmingham teenager

Butland, who made his England debut against Italy in August, and

confirmed goalkeeping coach Chris Woods is helping in the search

for Howard’s successor.

“You are always planning for who is the next Nigel Martyn, who

is the next Tim Howard,” said Moyes. “We are always looking to see

who that next one would be. You have to do that.

“We have asked a couple of times about Butland, but not

recently.

“We are just looking out. Chris Woods is a big part of Tim

because he works for the US national team as well, now.

“But Chris also does a lot of work looking at the future

goalkeepers for us. It is a bit of a specialist job.

“We can all look at goalkeepers and say ‘he comes and catches

it’ or ‘he makes good saves, he has good distribution’. But to

understand the technique in goalkeeping is a bit more specialist

really.”

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